By Lily / Last update September 6, 2021

User case: Clone old SSD to new SSD

How Do I Transfer Old SSD to New SSD?

My OS is only 2-month old and it's set up with all of my stuff (there are a lot of programs and configurations setup). What's the best way to migrate everything over from my old OCZ 240GB SSD to my new Samsung 1TB SSD? Thanks!

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Why clone SSD to SSD?

Replacing HDD (Hard Disk Drive) with SSD (Solid State Drive) to get better performance of operating system is very popular among Windows users. Yet SSD isn’t famous for large capability like HDD is, so it is easier to get low disk space warning after a couple of months or seasons’ usage.

Therefore, it is not uncommon for Windows users to purchase new SSD, and copy SSD to new SSD. To do this, you might first think of backing up SSD and restoring the image to the new SSD, which is indeed a viable method. But disk cloning is definitely a more straightforward way. It can eliminate the recovery process, and even allows you to clone SSD to larger SSD or smaller SSD directly.

How to clone SSD to new SSD?

It is hard for you to copy SSD to new SSD within Windows Disk Management since it is a missing feature in Windows operating system. Hence, it is time to turn to 3rd party software. 

AOMEI Backupper Standard is the best free disk clone software for home use. It can meet all your demands:

✧ It can clone large HDD to smaller SSD with intelligent clone. It can also make an exact copy of the source disk with sector-by-sector clone.
✧ It can fit all partitions on the new SSD with “SSD Alignment” to optimize SSD performance.
✧ It has a user-friendly interface, so don’t worry about the operations even though you have less knowledge of computer.
✧ It supports Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, Windows XP and Windows Vista. 

Download SSD cloning freeware - AOMEI Backupper Standard and have a try now.

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Steps to clone SSD to another SSD with AOMEI Backupper

In the first place, connect the new SSD to your computer. You might need to format the new drive before you can use it. The following guide will show you how to use AOMEI clone SSD to new SSD in Windows 10/8/7:

Firstly, install and open AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Clone, and select Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Note: The Standard edition only supports cloning system disk from MBR to MBR partition style. If you want to clone MBR disk to GPT, GPT disk to MBR, or GPT disk to GPT (containing OS), please turn to AOMEI Backupper Professional and higher editions.

Secondly, select the old SSD as the source disk.

Select Source Disk

Thirdly, select the new SSD as the destination path.

Select Destination Disk

Finally, click Start Clone to clone SSD to SSD. To start you PC from the new SSD after cloning, be sure to change the boot sequence in BIOS, or replace old SSD with new SSD manually.

Start Clone

Tips:

  • It is strongly recommended to check "SSD Alignment" box since the destination drive is an SSD. It will speed up the rate of reading and writing as well as prolong the service life of SSD.

  • This operation will clone only used part by default. If you need to clone every sector of the old SSD, make sure to check "Sector by sector clone" box.

  • If you click "Edit partitions", you will get three sub-options as follow. Upgrade to make use of the advanced options:

Copy Without Resizing Partitions

Summary

AOMEI Backupper helps you cloning SSD to new SSD easily. If your internal hard drive is a HDD instead of SSD, you can also use the software to clone boot drive to SSD. After cloning, just replace the hard drive (or change boot order) to boot your computer from the cloned SSD.

What's more, many helpful features like system backup, disk backup, file sync are built in this software. If you want to transfer C drive to SSD, you can also use the system clone feature. Feel free to have a try!